Yes, there is a huge difference between these two, and as explained by my mother, visions are your guide on how you want yourself to be identified through imagination and innovation, while the latter helps you to track your success through your methods and performance.
Just like the students here at Pines International Academy, I also left home to study abroad. I was only 17 at that time but I wouldn’t have progressed and survived without the constant reminder of my mother to break down my visions into manageable goals in order for me to expand my knowledge in a free manner. I took that advice to heart and made it well. Until this very day, when I’m too aggressive or lacking self-confidence, that idea is my go-to guide to deflect and adjust.
In this blog, to help you foster a sense of self-worth and resiliency while studying English away from your comfort zone, I’m sharing with you three (3) recommendations on how to break down your visions into manageable goals:
List down all the things you want then divide them to three different categories, which must be based on these timelines: within this year, within 5 years and within 10 years. In this way, you can easily focus on what to do first without feeling overwhelmed by the other objectives you have in mind. You can either set apart your minor aspirations from the major ones, or you can break the majors into smaller goals… either way, you may do so because it will save you more time.
Also, in the identification process, don’t forget to reflect on the reasons why you set such specific goals in each timeline and include a contingency plan ahead of time, in case of setbacks.
Another importance of this prioritization strategy is for you to keep an eye on your growth and to further point out where an improvement is needed, as well.
The challenges you will face in the pursuance of your dreams are not as easy as ABC, that is why this first part is necessary. It will instill the discipline in you that will surely help you reject the idea of jumping from one goal to another.
For me, this is the most apprehensive yet beneficial part, it is where you acknowledge that your insecurities, strengths, values and weaknesses have an equally important function and influence on your success. This may sound unusual but through this, I learned to use them all to my advantage as they lead the way to realizing that the balance they convey is the path to the appropriate action plan and ideal mindset. The technique in order to do so is to always notice the good in every bad, even the concealed spark of positivity in any unpleasant situation is rewarding… and if you can’t see the spark in others, shine your own light.
Since the main target of our insecurities is our strengths, not giving in with the first one creates a sense of understanding and peace of mind. When being tested with self-doubt, RARE or React, Analyze, Recover and Evolve is the key:
For example, “student A” has been studying English for almost a year now, but still can’t perfect her pronunciation skills unlike “student B” who just recently joined and yet can pronounce better than “student A”.
There are two (2) expected outcomes in this example through different approaches:
First, if we are going to look over the situation from an ordinary point of view, “student A” will instantly feel jealous of “student B” and will be more likely to continue feeling that way towards her.
On the other hand, if we contemplate the example from a different perspective, using the above-mentioned technique, you can also find strength in “student A”’s insecurity. How? Here, let’s take a look: the uncomfortable feeling “student A” felt towards “student B” lies in the huge difference in their timelines, it was enough to make her react, but then consider exploring her advantage in terms of exposure, since she’s been studying longer than “student B”, then ask her something like, “where did you learn to pronounce English like that?”, and then internalize the answer before reconciliation with her self-worth, then “student A” can consider it as enough grace for a win.
A reminder for students studying English at Pines International Academy, do not let insecurity limit you from discovering your full potential. Do not compare yourself to others because it will cause problems or will have adverse consequences. Our success is different from one another. We’re all going to make it as long as you do not give up. There is no standard measurement of success… so while you’re on your journey to it, enjoy the process.
And while we’re at our second part, another challenge here is our values that attract our weaknesses to strike us differently. In order to survive this one, our dignity needs to be established deeply and firmly. Intentionally say no to anything that takes you out of your peace and righteousness, under any circumstances, whatever the consequences may be, at any given day and time. Limit the damage a weakness can do to us, because when we let it affect us, instead of working on our next step to success, we might end up getting stuck trying to create a way out of the discomfort that we allow to happen.
The most important thing to consider in protecting our values against our weaknesses is to steady our hearts in integrity. Learn when to walk away and be completely done; not bothered, not mad, just done. My mother always told me that:
True enough, no matter how much a thing or a person can give you, if it doesn’t have an impact on your soul, but still chose to stay, then you are clearly making a fool out of yourself.
Our morals play a prime role in our life so we must secure them because if we don’t, our sacrifices and success while reaching for our goals won’t matter. Think of the things you value the most and hold on to them with resolute decency, nobility and sincerity.
And another thing, if you need a constant reminder of what integrity mean, keep a copy of the Honor Code of Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the premier military academy for Filipinos aspiring for a commission as a military officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines:
Through limitations, we can protect and even minimize the option of using our time in dealing with any complications while pursuing our goals. Instead of confronting your weaknesses, learn to strengthen them by embracing the challenge then adjust accordingly. Do not look at them as a mere challenge, look at them as a battle you need to overcome in all your strength and stability.
As stated on our previous blog, “RECHARGE WHILE STUDYING ENGLISH AT PINES”, (http://pinesacademy.com/recharge-while-studying-english-at-pines/), rest is as equally important as your goal. We all know for a fact that anybody can perform better after a rest, and so in this 3rd part, I’ll be letting you in in a secret…
Why is recreation important?
Because going after our goal puts our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual abilities to a test that, one way or another, leads to burnout. It happens when you’re overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to keep up with life’s incessant demands.
Since it is a serious problem and, just in case, it’s either you or someone you know who might be suffering from burnout, I’ll be sharing three (3) tips on how to deal with it:
Talk about what you are feeling with your family and trusted friends. However, if you’re hesitant to ask for an advice from them, talk to a professional. Because unless you open up, no one can help you. And if you’re ready to talk, do not hold back any information so you can get a complete assessment, diagnosis and treatment that suits you well.
I will be speaking at this point as someone who has a background in Clinical Psychology, sometimes denial can occur even if we already recognize the signs of burnout such as: difficulty concentrating, poor performance, sleep deprivation, extreme stress, a shift in behavior, isolation and or taking out frustration on others, irritability, procrastination or withdrawal from responsibilities, detachment, self-doubt and change in appetite.
I’m not going to promote self-diagnosis here, but if you feel like you got more than five (5) of these signs, consult a Psychiatrist, a medical practitioner specializing in the identification and treatment of mental illness. A lot of assumptions has been made and globally circulated, causing panic and feeling of shame, in seeking help, but to clear things out, talking to mental health professionals does not mean you’re crazy, it means you are brave enough to help yourself heal, grow and transform. Take the first step to a therapeutic treatment because you deserve it. Nobody should ever feel alone, left out or sad. Life is beautiful when you feel good so prioritize what you deserve over the fear of criticism. There are treasures that wait within your imperfections, so overcome them to relish what life at its zenith feels like.
Staying physically active clears your thoughts, improves memory and increases energy. Adding at least 30 minutes of exercise in your daily routine can make a difference. Exercise does not require you to hit the gym, it can be in form of running or walking.
Aside from staying active during the daytime, at night, you can allot at least 10 minutes of meditation and another 10 minutes for putting your legs up the wall pose. Both of these activities are beneficial in clearing your mind, help relieve tiredness and lowers stress or anxiety.
Before going to bed, it is also beneficial to track your progress. Also, take time to identify and take note of 3-gratitudes.
Being able to create, as your fellow creative, gives us a sense of identity. But when I say create, it doesn’t have to be perfect… you just got to make sure that it is a quality output. Above all, in everything you do, make sure that it reflects something about yourself- contemporary and inspiring.
There are many ways to be creative and productive while studying English, you can do calligraphy, draw and color, write a poem or story, paint using different medium and even design using different (online) applications.
With that, the following are proven and tested ways to help you not just be, but to stay creative and productive in different areas:
If you don’t have any subject in mind, draw different sizes of any shape using different colors. One (1) of the three (3) ways is to experiment while there’s no specific design in mind.
Jot down whatever comes to your mind or any new expression and phrase you hear or read, wherever you may be. Doing so will help you expand your knowledge. You can also write at least three (3) to five (5) sentences a day. Also, when you write something so long and wants to publish it, make sure to have a professional proofread it first but be open to comments and suggestions, because corrections will further help you perfect your craft. Personally, what I do is forward a soft copy of my work to a trusted professional and then reread the corrections about 11 times, just to make sure I’ll get it right next time.
A piece of advice in writing: “when anything went right, when anything went wrong, put it in a poem.”
This recreation activity is beginner-friendly because it presents you with a lot of mediums and styles to choose from. Finding and perfecting your art style takes time so you better enjoy discovering by watching tutorials or visiting exhibits. The 2nd way in staying creative and productive is to take any inspiration that comes your way because it is everywhere. It can be the clouds or the sunset, the flowers, the streetlights, or even your cat. Anything that motivates the creativity and productivity in you, keep it and make it personal… so when you present your art, it has that one thing I called “connection factor”, it is the ability of your art to communicate with other people using a different language.
Personally, my medium is acrylic on canvas because it is readily available at any department store. While my art style is abstract because it has a different impact in me because it has been my way of expressing what I have inside and what I want to fancy on the outside. Abstract art always inspires me to consider having a different way of regarding chaos to preclude mental breakdown.
The technique in painting is always to put confidence and pride in your kind of art and consider them a reward when you are happy and grace when your heart is under fire. Develop your flair and versatility in patience because in the end, the effort and metamorphosis will be worth it.
The 3rd way is when boredom strikes, tap that app. Instead of browsing your social media accounts when you are bored, why not try to use the time to create anything under the sun through graphic design?
There are a lot of design-centered applications online, but I highly recommend Canva and Recolor.
If you own a business or a small venture, turning to Canva in designing your logo or making your platforms interesting is a great idea. It features vast selection of templates, elements, fonts and backgrounds. It is free but for more options, you can try Canva Pro. The images on this blog is made using this app.
And if you’re doing nothing but wanted to create, Recolor it is. It offers a lot of great pictures for you to color and paint in any way you want. Unlike Canva, it only features a lot of color options yet few different styles… but if you’re looking for something to do while you’re on break, it is enough to do the trick.
And there you have it, a proof that there are so many things you can do to help you get through anything when it comes to your goals in life, I hope this blog helped you in some ways.